North County Water and Sports Therapy Center's online newsletter for July 2018
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SEIZE THE SUMMER Sometimes the Simple Pleasures Are the Most Enjoyable
My favorite childhood summer memory doesn’t involve a trip to Disney World or a massive fireworks display. While those events are undoubtedly magical, the experience that sticks most with me involves a subtler kind of illumination. As a kid growing up in New England, I’d often head to the coast during the summers with my family. In the evenings, you could see hundreds of fireflies, which we called lightning bugs, sparkling in the air. To this day, summer
nights always evoke the wonder of those creatures for me. On some nights, I swear that I can see them, even though they’re not a fixture in our area. I guess you could call it a nostalgia-induced vision. I bring up the lightning bugs because we often put too much pressure on ourselves to make the summer special. We book extravagant trips or weeks- long excursions to exotic locales. We pack our calendars with seasonal events, from beach parties and cookouts to camping trips and cruises. We create long summer reading lists. In short, we aim to squeeze as much into the season as humanly possible. Now, don’t get me wrong, I value these adventures as much as the next person. I’m not saying that you should scrap those vacation plans. But when you put too much on your plate, it’s easy to get fatigued and grow weary. Ignoring simple pleasures can make the dog days of summer feel oppressive in a hurry. Luckily, you don’t need to go crazy to enjoy the warmest days on the calendar, especially when you live where we do. San Diego has so many sites that allow you to take advantage of this time of year. Walking through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve may not require hopping on a plane, but it feels like you’re inhabiting another world. Paddleboarding in Coronado and kayaking in La Jolla are easy ways to get out on the ocean and enjoy the water. A trip to Del Mar racetrack is the
perfect way to spend a Saturday. And those comprise just the tip of the iceberg. We’re truly spoiled for choice when it comes to activities.
If you’re anything like me, you might find the most magical summer memories to be the quietest ones. Sitting outside with a glass of rosé in your hand and your favorite summer playlist on the speakers can be just as transportive as a trip to Tahiti. What matters most isn’t how much you spend or how far you travel. The summer is what you make of it. So don’t feel the need to keep up with the Joneses this summer. Do what you want, not what you feel like you should do. When we were kids, that’s what summer was all about — a time when nobody told you what to do or when to do it. We may not get two-plus months off anymore, but why should adulthood be very different? I encourage you to seize the summer on your own terms. Whether that means traveling or simply staying at home, the choice is up to you. But if your idea of a summer delight is a treat from an ice cream truck, you may want to run after it to burn off those calories.
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HOW MUCH SUNSHINE IS TOO MUCH?
KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE
SPEND LESS TIME IN THE SUN If you’re planning to spend a significant amount of time in the sun, consider your environment. Will there be plenty of shade? Will you have to bring your own? What’s the best way to step out of the sun for a few minutes? Wearing sunscreen and protective clothing are great ways to shield yourself from UV rays, but it’s important to avoid being in direct sunlight for long periods. Taking a break from the sun gives your body the time it needs to recuperate and helps prevent sunburn and heatstroke. COMMON MYTHS ABOUT SUN EXPOSURE Many people think that a tan is better than a sunburn, but the result of tanning is still sun damage. When your skin tone changes due to the sun, regardless of whether it tans or turns red, it’s a result of the epidermis reacting to damage caused by UV rays. Both are symptoms of harmed skin. While vitamin D is important, the sun does not contribute to its creation as much as you might think. Doris Day, a New York City dermatologist, explains that if your skin were to constantly produce vitamin D from being in the sun, it would reach toxic levels. Vitamin D is the only vitamin that your body can produce on its own, through a common form of cholesterol or 7-dehydrocholesterol. Spending time in the sun does help vitamin D form, but you need far less exposure than you think.
For many people, summer is all about heading outside to enjoy the weather. But getting too much sun can be dangerous. To have a fun-filled summer with your family this year, remember that it’s essential to protect yourself from harmful UV rays. COVER UP Covering your skin is one of the best ways to avoid skin damage. Wide-brimmed hats, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants or skirts can protect your skin from direct exposure to UV rays. While this tactic protects you from
the sun, it offers poor defense against the heat. So, if you opt for cooler attire, it’s important to cover all exposed skin with a copious amount of sunscreen. Be sure to reapply every two hours for maximum skin protection.
Knowing how to protect yourself from UV rays is the first step to having a safe, fun-filled summer!
THE BENEFITS OF AQUASTRETCH
It’s Not Just Stretching in the Water
Given its name, you might assume that Aquastretch involves traditional stretching in the water. While that’s partially true, there are also many more benefits of the treatment. Aquastretch combines manual therapy with patient-initiated range-of-motion exercises to increase flexibility, recover from injury, and prevent painful conditions. At its core, Aquastretch is a myofascial release technique performed in shallow water. Myofascial release involves applying gentle pressure to an area in order to relax the connective tissue (fascia) that surround muscles. AquaStretch breaks down fascial adhesions and improves tissue mobility by combining manual pressure to a trigger point or fascial adhesion while encouraging the patient to move freely in the supported environment of the water. The hands-on nature of the treatment allows your therapist to pinpoint specific muscle groups and areas for maximum response. Aquastretch can be very effective for patients trying to manage pain, because the properties of water are conducive to low-impact recovery. The buoyancy of an aquatic environment greatly reduces effective body mass and provides support, making movements less difficult and painful. Guided manual exercise that might be uncomfortable in a traditional setting is often more comfortable in the water. We recommend Aquastretch in conjunction with traditional aquatic exercise and land-based therapy when we believe it will benefit our patients.
You don’t need to be recovering from an injury or dealing with pain to benefit from Aquastretch treatment. It’s also an excellent wellness program for athletes who want to improve flexibility, reduce recovery time, and improve performance. Because of the hands-on nature of Aquastretch, your therapist can increase resistance based on your level of flexibility. Like all of the treatments we offer at North County Water & Sports Therapy Center, Aquastretch is tailored to the needs of individual patients. If you’re curious about how Aquastretch can help you, we encourage you to read the insert accompanying this newsletter. No matter your level of fitness, Aquastretch can help you improve your flexibility and range of motion. Don’t miss out on this innovative treatment method.
HEAR WHAT A FORMER AQUASTRETCH™ CLIENT HAS TO SAY …
“A couple of years ago, I irritated my SI Joint during a workout session, which caused my entire left side to become chronic with tightness and pain. I tried everything: massages, medicine, and even injections. All of these treatments helped somewhat but did not fully restore my range of motion. However, after just one AquaStretch Treatment, my range of motion was restored and my chronic discomfort was relieved. This
unique treatment got into such a difficult area and released the constriction. I am now able to endure my workouts and continue with my daily activities without constant pain and irritation. I truly am so surprised and thankful that this unique water therapy is available, because I know that it will be the first thing I’ll turn to if I need help in the future.” –Ester Barbod
FRIENDS AND FAMILY SUMMER SPECIAL Come in and try an AquaStretch™ wellness session for the introductory price of $75 per session.
• This offer is good for current and former patients and friends or family referred by prior clients.
• This limited-time offer is valid for sessions attended between July 16th, 2018 and August 31st, 2018.
• Patients must schedule in advance and the special is based on availability.
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REFRESH, RELAX, AND RESTORE THIS SUMMER WITH AQUASTRETCH™ WHAT IS AQUASTRETCH™? AquaStretch™ is an interactive, dynamic, assisted stretching technique performed in the water.
BENEFITS OF AQUASTRETCH INCLUDE: • Improved mobility • Increased flexibility
FAQ Do I need to know how to swim? No, the technique is performed in
• Decreased pain • Deep relaxation • Improved sleep • Fast recovery after competition
shallow water with the therapist, and support is provided as needed. What do I wear? Wearing a swimsuit is preferable, but you may also wear shorts and a workout top if you wish. How long does a session last? A wellness session, where we work your whole body from head to foot, takes about 45–50 minutes. How many sessions do I need? This depends. Patients with chronic pain often need 6–10 sessions over a period of 6–8 weeks. Some people only need a couple of AquaStretch™ sessions to restore their mobility and quickly move into strengthening exercises. Others use AquaStretch™ sessions like a deep massage and come in every few months to feel good or recover from a competitive activity such as a marathon. Does my insurance company cover AquaStretch™? All our therapists are trained in AquaStrech™ and may use some of the techniques as part of the therapy plan of care. The wellness full-body session is not covered by insurance and is offered at our discounted cash rate of $100 per session.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM AQUASTRETCH™? • Anyone who has lost functional mobility due to injury, illness, or lack of use • People with chronic myofascial pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia • Athletes and active individuals who want to recover faster
HOW HOT DOGS AND HAMBURGERS BECAME NATIONAL TREASURES
If your plans for this summer involve firing up the barbecue, you’ll probably be cooking two American classics: hot dogs and hamburgers. Come July, families will be grilling up burgers and dogs from sea to shining sea, but it wasn’t always this way. The story of how beef patties and sausages became culinary symbols of our nation will give you plenty of food for thought.
only did Nathan’s hot dogs outsell the competition, the Great Depression made them the perfect food for a nation suddenly living on a tight budget. By the 1930s, hot dogs had become so unquestionably American that Franklin Roosevelt famously served them to King George VI during his royal visit in 1939.
Like the hot dog, the exact origin of the beef patty’s eventual “sandwiching” is lost to history. Once again, it was German immigrants who brought their recipes for “Hamburg steak” with them across the Atlantic, but reports vary as to who first sold the meat patty inside a bun.
THE HOT DOG It was German
immigrants who brought the “frankfurter” and the “wienerwurst” to American soil in the 1800s. There is much debate over who first decided to place one of these franks in a bun, but by the opening of the
Multiple diners and fairgrounds across America claim to be the home of the first hamburger. All of these claims date to the turn of the 20th century, a time when our nation was faced with feeding a growing working class quickly and cheaply. By the 1950s, the burger had become a symbol of the American everyman. Both the hot dog and hamburger embody the history of our nation. Immigrant traditions merged with blue-collar needs to create two uniquely American foods. It’s fitting that we celebrate the summer with the grub that has grown along with it.
20th century, hot dog stands had popped up all over the Eastern Seaboard. We do know the identity of the man who took the hot dog’s popularity to a national level: Nathan Handwerker. A Jewish immigrant from Poland, Nathan sliced buns for a hot dog stand on Coney Island. After scraping together enough money, he quit his job and opened a stand of his own, undercutting his former employer’s prices by half. Not
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Dog Day Delights
Battling the Summer Sun!
Is Aquastretch Right for You?
The History of Hot Dogs and Burgers
Charred Chili-Cheese Corn
Upcoming Local Events
A MIDSUMMER’S EVENT CALENDAR Soccer, Animals, and Avocados
NIGHTTIME ZOO AT THE SAN DIEGO ZOO When: June 17 through Sept. 3, with activities beginning at 4 p.m. Where: San Diego Zoo, 2920 Zoo Drive Given that it’s one of the city’s iconic landmarks, we’re guessing you’ve already been to the San Diego Zoo. Visiting at night
AS ROMA VS. TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR FC When: July 25, 7–10 p.m. Where: SDCCU Stadium, 9449 Friars Road
Seeking a fun summer activity? Look no further than this list of great events.
THE CADO When: June 16 through Aug. 30 Where: Liberty Station South Promenade, 2850 Roosevelt Road With the popularity of avocados exploding, it was only a matter of time before The California Avocado Commission created a tribute to the state’s favorite fruit. The CADO, “a 6,700-square-foot pop-up experience,” takes place in 16 shipping containers, which have been fused together to create an immersive space. While we won’t reveal all the surprises, be sure to check out the
This year’s World Cup may
have been in Russia, but you don’t need to travel half a world away to see some world-class soccer this summer. Every year,
during the summer, though, is an entirely different experience than what you’re used to. Featuring live music, activities, and exhibits specifically designed to take advantage of the
many of Europe’s elite club teams participate in the International Champions Cup, a tournament that takes place all over the world.
moonlight, it’s the perfect way to spend a summer evening with your family. Of particular note is the Raccoon Surprise exhibit, where zookeepers hide food for intrepid raccoons to hunt for.
While these are technically “friendlies” (games outside of major competitions), you’d never be able to tell from the passion of the players and enthusiasm of the fans.
Ripe Room, where you’ll have to find the “ripe spot” in the
wall to unlock the next part of the journey. Oh, and if you get hungry, you can bet there will be plenty of avocado- centric dishes!
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